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Elias Petropoulos: An Underground World

ΗΛΙΑΣ ΠΕΤΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ - ΕΝΑΣ ΚΟΣΜΟΣ ΥΠΟΓΕΙΟΣ

1 hour 1 minute – 2004 – Documentary

A restless and inquisitive spirit, a foe of academics and the establishment, Petropoulos was the first folklorist in Greece who dealt with social outcasts and described people and situations ignored by his country’s official history.

He lived close to to Rebetika singers, bums, street-urchins, whores and homosexuals, prisoners and underground people who became the heroes of his books: The Brothel, Kaliarda (an Etymological Dictionary of Greek Homosexuals’ Slang), The Handbook of the Good Thief, The History of the Condom, The Rebetika Songs, The Holy Hashish, and others.

In this documentary, all these people meet in front of our camera. Their testimonies about their life and their relationship with the writer; join Petropoulos’ confessions, who was persecuted and sentenced several times for his writings.

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Calliope Legaki
SCREENPLAY: Calliope Legaki
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Yannis Misouridis
EDITING: Elias Demetriou
MUSIC: Nikos Papadogoulas
SOUND: Antonis Galatis, Costas Varympopiotis, Yorgos Vassiliou
NARRATION: Yorgos Kendros

THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection

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